Sunday, October 23, 2016

A Very Special Gift from a Very Special Blogger

If you've been a reader of my blog for very long, you will recognize the person in this photo.  If you are new to my blog, then let me tell you who he is.  He is Richard Eaton, my late husband.  On this blog, I nearly always just call him "the old navy man."   ( He gave that name to himself, by the way.)  He passed away three years ago, this November 29th.  I took this photo of him before he became really ill and it is one of my favorites. 

I have had this blog since 2008.  The old navy man encouraged me to start one....and in fact, he gave my little quilting enterprise the name BIRD NEST ON THE GROUND, years ago.  Over the years, I have made FRIENDS with many people who also post on their own blogs, and also people who just like to read what the bloggers are saying and seeing what it is we all do.  Since his death, I have not been very good at posting....but my heart is in the right I intend to always do better, although I know I haven't been as good as my intentions are.  It does appear, though, that I have some blog fans, no matter how good I am at posting.  It's amazing!  I receive a few comments here and there, which I really appreciate.  And, I also receive many email messages.  These lovely people send me messages which I find uplifting, inspiring, funny, thought provoking, helpful and smart.  I do so enjoy hearing from them.

My blog readers sometimes surprise me, which I enjoy.  I also enjoy that many of them do not live in the U.S.  They are a wonderful group and I do love hearing from them.  This time, I have one in particular I'd like to tell you about.  Her name is Lynn and she lives in France.  She contacted me last year to let me know she was making me something.  It would take her quite a while to make it, so would I just know that she was thinking of me as she created this gift from her.  My goodness!  What could she be doing?  This last week, I received a package in the mail from France.  Well, now, who would really expect someone to take a year or so to make you something?  I was so surprised that there at my door was a gift from Lynn!!!    The day before my 72nd birthday!!!  Now, when I say I was shocked when I opened it....I really was....who knew she would be cross stitching a photo of the old navy man...the very one I am showing you now at the beginning of this post.  WHO WOULD DO THAT?

 This is a 7 inch x 9 inch, (approximately) cross stitched version of the old navy man's photo. 
I can certainly see why it would take so long.  I can see how wonderfully she stitched all those million cross stitches. and the colors are spot on,  but I have to say.....I simply burst into tears when I opened that package.  Lynn doesn't 'really' know me.  I'm sure I'm not deserving of such a gift.
And, seeing THAT face come out of a package from France.  It was a shock.  It won't matter how many ways I think of to thank her....nothing I say could possibly explain my feelings at that moment and every day since.  No amount of gratitude offered her could live up to what she has actually DONE FOR ME.

 He was so dear!!!  And this cross stitched version of his photo is magnificent!!!  I LOVE it!  

Here are some close-ups of the stitching.  As I told her later in an email....just when you think the world is going to hell in a hand basket, someone out in blogland, steps up and does something so lovely and unexpected, that we just know everything will be ok somehow.  Humanity, once again, has a shining example of a lovely human being who has spent much of her time thinking of others, rather than herself.  I am completely blown away by her thoughtfulness and generosity.  I bet you are too!

Just think of all the stitches!  All that time and energy. 
 With all the other things she has to do in life!!

OH, MY!!!!

 I know the old navy man would be so pleased to see this.  He would wonder, as I do, WHY, HOW?
And, he would smile, wishing her all the very best in she represents the best in all of us.
We are grateful for every way.

 Here is the card she made and sent along with this wonderful gift.  Once again, I teared up as I read her words.  I didn't photograph the whole message, but thought you would like to read these paragraphs.  She is dear, don't you think?  

 Lynn has a blog.  You might want to visit.  So, go there to see what all she does.  You might want to leave a comment.  She deserves lots of them!!!
Visit here:  

Lynn is also participating in a contest to choose a Cross Stitching Champion in the UK.  You might want to visit that site too, and vote for her.  You don't have to be a citizen of the UK to vote, but you do have to be one to win a prize.  She would love to have a vote from you. (Just type her name, Lynn B.,  in the proper place, then vote for her blog!) here to go vote) you know about blogging friends....they are a treasure.


As for the rest of my are dear also.  THANK YOU for brightening my days!

until next time

(Next time I will be talking about a collection of vintage Button Cards, a request of Robin, another lovely blog reader!)



Dolores said...

From one who celebrates on the same day, a belated Happy Birthday. What an absolutely wonderful gift you received.

Audra Jones said...

That is beautiful! ❤❤❤

Audra Jones said...

That is beautiful! ❤❤❤

Gisela Suski said...

The cross stitch is amazing - I follow her blog all the time and I know how happy she is in France. I am sure you were shocked and so so surprised. I will vote. She is an amazing stitcher.

Cindy in Kansas said...

Oh, Pat, that made me cry. How very special of Lynn to do that and how lucky we all are to have you to brighten our lives. I so look forward to your posts.

Tina Marie the Willow Witch said...

That truly is a wonderful

Lynn said...

Thankyou Pat for your kind words about the gift I sent to you, I am so happy you liked it, and near to your birthday too, I did not know that!
I know you will treasure this gift, it was such a pleasure to stitch the Old Navy Man.


Lynn B

Una said...

So very

Julie Fukuda said...

What a wonderful interpretation of that photo! Lynn is indeed a stitch artist. And how kind to do it for you.
I'm sure she knew how much you would treasure that and so enjoyed making it all the more.

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Hi Pat. This is an amazing and unbelievably thoughtful gift. An amazing art piece. A timeless treasure. Quite serendipitous to receive it so close to your birthday. I know you were bowled over. You inspire people to love you!!
xx, Carol
Happy belated birthday!!

Vickie said...

Wow. This is just absolutely amazing. I was moved to tears by Lynn's act of kindness. I shared this with my husband. God bless you Pat and God bless Lynn.

Kate said...

What an awesome gift!! This is proof of all the good in this world. Hugs

Jenny said...

Good Morning Pat,

Ok let me wipe the tears from my eyes...there that is better....

What an absolutely lovely, heart touching, thoughtful and precious beyond words gift from Lynn! Oh Pat how you must treasure that. I follow Lynn's blog and she is a beautiful artist, a very generous woman and so loving and giving! You are so right...just when you think the world is so very bad...a simple act of kindness shows the true heart thankful I am that you have been given this treasure!

Hugs my friend! I hope you have a good week filled with lots of things you love!

Stitchy Mc Floss said...

What a truly wonderful heart gift she has given. Angels truly do walk among us. Blessings to you always. :)

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Such a sweet gift and my condolences upon his passing. It's so hard, being the one left behind and I keep telling myself, "God has a plan".

Brenda Wall said...

That is the most awesome thing I have seen anyone do. What a heart that dear Lynn has. There are no words.

Eve Barnes said...

I first met Lynn a year ago in a French class and we just knew we would be good friends. Lynn is the most kindest, selfless, sensitive person I have ever met. She is a joy to be around and this thoughtful cross stitch she created personally for you came from her heart and soul.

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